15. That’s the approximate number of eyeshadow palettes currently in my makeup arsenal. As of right now, I’m only rotating between three when it comes to my summer makeup routine. Today, I’m sharing my current everyday eye makeup favorites and how I use them for work or play.
All the powder eyeshadow palettes I featured in this post are all Urban Decay. That wasn’t planned and I didn’t even realize it until I started snapping photos for this post. I guess you could say I’m a UD junkie.
Urban Decay Naked Basics: I purchased this on a whim when I saw on Ulta.com that it was marked down to only $20. File this under the most classic everyday eyeshadow palette, like ever. I’ve been using this palette practically every day for work. Naked 2 is the perfect matte brown crease color for my fair skin. I’ll sweep Faint on my bottom lash line and blend it into the outer corner of my eyes. Venus is a beautiful demi-matte shade for under eyebrow and inner corner highlights. It’s currently $19 on the UD website and I assume it’s because its being discontinued.
Urban Decay Petite Heat: This palette was gifted to me by the brand. I know this is a must-have for the spring season but I think this works really well year-round. I’ve been using this palette for date nights and when I’m in the mood for a spicy eye look. Hot Spell is a great transition shade and Wild Thing mixed with Heist adds beautiful definition to the outer corners.
Urban Decay Beached: Pretty sure I blogged about my obsession with this palette not too long ago. This is still very much in rotation and will definitely be traveling with me in July and August. I love wearing Daybreak on my crease and mixing Double Dip and Plunge to sweep across my bottom lash line. A few shades definitely scream “summer” but for now it’s a great everyday eye makeup favorite.
Glossier Lidstar: As much as I love my UD palettes, I’ve always had a preference for creamy eyeshadow. These are sheer, easy to blend and pretty much look good with just about any makeup look—especially for summer. I love a wash of color like Slip (pale pink) on my lids and other days I opt for more definition so I’ll apply Fawn on the outer corner of my eyes and bottom lash line for that “lived in” look. Moon is probably the most patchy of the entire collection but I do like using it on the inner corner of my eyes.
In addition to my favorite eyeshadows, these are my other everyday eye makeup essentials:
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise and Glossier Lash Slick: Up until Lash Slick came along, I only coated my lashes in L’Oreal Lash Paradise (my holy grail drugstore gem). But I do like the “no makeup” makeup perfection I get from Lash Slick. After two coats, my lashes look super long and defined and so I’ve been cocktailing and mixing them both for a unique lash look.
Another beauty tip: I curl my lashes about 10 minutes after they dry from mascara. They hold up so much better, but you have to be careful you don’t rip out any lashes in the process. The curler pictured in this post is my beloved Chanel Eyelash Curler.
So, how many eyeshadow palettes do you have, and what are your eye makeup favorites?
You’ve probably noticed I’ve been posting less skincare product reviews and it was a break I definitely needed. Trying new products on a daily or even weekly basis can be overwhelming for my complexion.
Several weeks ago, I tested a new cult favorite mask, and my skin was never the same. I’ve always maintained pretty clear skin, thanks to good genes and a consistent skincare routine. However, that hasn’t been the case lately. Between breakouts, blackheads and redness, it’s been stressful trying to “normalize” my skin again.
Thanks to a handful of skincare products, I’m proud to share that I’m well on my way to happy, healthy skin. Here are five products I’ve been using consistently for several weeks now that saved my sensitive skin and brought me back to life:
Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly with Willowherb: I feel like I’ve been cheating on my Glossier Milky Jelly… but I don’t feel bad about it. The consistency is very similar to Milky Jelly except this cleanser is more jelly and less milky. I like to slather this on my face before I hop in the shower and just let it “melt” away the makeup. After a few minutes I splash some warm water on my face to rinse. I just love how soft and smooth my skin feels after using this.
Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream: I have combination/really dry skin and this exfoliator really works its magic to remove dead skin cells without leaving my skin red and blotchy. I use this twice a week after cleansing. This is definitely a “luxury” beauty product but totally worth every penny.
Tula Pro-Glycolic pH Resurfacing Gel*: These Tula products are relatively new to my routine but the more I use them, the more I love this brand. For starters, this is a gel toner… which honestly took me by surprise because I’m so used to liquid toners. I’ve been using it once or twice a week after I cleanse and before I moisturize. Compared to other toners, this feels less tingly and has no odor. While I’ve only been using it a few weeks, I have started to notice reduced redness and improvement in my skin texture.
Tula Aqua Infusion Oil-Free Gel Cream*: After using the toner, I’ve been using 2-3 pumps of this oil-free moisturizer. The lightweight consistency makes it a perfect moisturizer for summer and it feels so good on my sensitive skin. I also love the pump applicator, I never have to worry about wasting any product.
OLEHENRIKSEN Cold Plunge Pore Mask: I think this will be my go-to mask for summer. It’s a very minty cooling mask (with a matching bright green color) that doesn’t irritate my skin. It also dries pretty quickly without feeling too tight. After rinsing it off, the sides of my nose and forehead feel super smooth and clean. The cooling effect is not as intense as you would imagine—but it’s definitely refreshing for the summer months.
I did my best to swatch each of these products on my hand so you can get a closer look at what each one looks like. The bright green/turquoise is the pore mask, the top right is the jelly cleanser from Origins, in the middle is the Tula oil-free gel moisturizer, the bottom right is the toner, and the bottom left is the exfoliator.
I’d love to know if you’ve experienced similar skincare issues and what products you used (especially if you have sensitive skin) to help you bounce back.
*Means product was free but I only write about products I’ve tried and loved. These are my honest thoughts.
Someone send me to ban island. It seems like I’m always on the hunt for a new bag and this one is a new brand I’m crushing on.
You may already recognize the brand—I first noticed it when Meghan Markle was spotted carrying this bag. Meet Strathberry, a luxury handbag line that’s handcrafted in Spain (one bag takes up to 20 hours to create). Strathberry is known for their structured handbag shapes and clean lines. I’m honestly not surprised that Meghan loves this line since this is very in line with her personal style aesthetic.
Lately I’ve been trading in old handbags for new luxuries like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Personally, those are the only brands worth investing in since they have the highest resale value but every now and then, a brand like Strathberry comes along and I start swooning.
Compared to the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton, I think the price point on their bags is pretty reasonable (which I know to some, sounds ridiculous). I’ve been eyeing the East/West Mini, a small bag with two compartments (with an accordion style look), with a dual length chain shoulder strap.
About a week ago, I finally received a notification that several color ways of the East/West Mini were back in stock and I took it as a sign that I needed to take the plunge!
I purchased the East/West Mini in Vanilla, a beautiful chic off-white color. It arrived on my doorstep the following week and I was genuinely pleased with the packaging the bag arrived in (a sleek black box with gold lettering, a thank you and care card, and of course a dust bag). The bag is incredibly lightweight, especially for a chain strap. And I love how versatile it is; the strap itself is comfortable on the shoulder so I can wear it cross body or doubled up. The accordion style shape does make for smaller compartments but I’ve trained myself to be a minimalist so that’s not really an issue for me. This bag made its debut at a wedding this weekend and it comfortably fit my phone, a card case, a lipstick and lip gloss, and my keys.
I’m absolutely in love with this little bag and it definitely has me wanting to purchase more styles and colors. So , what do you think of Strathberry?
Continuing on my drugstore beauty kick, I’m obsessed with Physicians Formula—more specifically, the Butter Bronzers, highlighters and blushes. So when the Physicians Formula Butter Collection Box showed up on my doorstep—I literally squealed with excitement. These products are an absolute must-have for summer and I swear by their products.
Butter Bronzer in Bronzer: This is the darker of the two shades they offer with the bronzer formula. I could probably wear this when I have more of a natural tan after (multiple) trips to the beach, but my skin is too pale for this shade unfortunately. I love my Light Bronzer shade though.
Butter Blush in Natural Glow: Prior to receiving this kit, I had only tried Plum Rose but this shade is so much more flattering on my skin tone. This is a great every day blush and perfect my 9 to 5. It has a soft, velvety finish and some serious staying power.
Butter Highlighter in Pearl: This highlighter is a soft white with a warm undertone and metallic sheen. These are incredibly easy to blend, whether it’s on bare skin or on top of foundation. These remind me of ColourPop highlighters, but in all honesty, I think these are slightly better.
Butter Paradise Eau de Toilette: If you’re obsessed with the scent of the Murumuru Butter products, then you need this in your life. I used to swipe on the bronzer solely for the scent. Now I can spritz this everywhere else on my body. LOVE. It definitely makes you feel like you’re at the beach even when you’re sitting in your cubicle.
Limited Edition Body Butter: Now I can slather the amazing Murumuru scent all over my body. The container is small but it will make for a good travel-size product for this summer.
Are you obsessed with the Physicians Formula Butter Collection as much as I am?
I feel like I’ve been traveling non-stop. Two weeks ago, I hopped on a plane to Charlotte, NC for a quick trip for my full-time gig. I came back, had a few days of downtime, and then headed to Pittsburgh for my second wedding of the season. This week, I’m taking a train to Jersey City for another work trip. Basically, I’ve been living out of a suitcase.
My first full weekend home after traveling prompted me to head to the drugstore and try out some new products. Here’s what I got in my latest drugstore makeup haul:
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer: I can’t remember the last time I purchased a primer at the drugstore but this one caught my attention in this YouTube tutorial. I love anything that gives me that “lit from within” glow. This feels nice on the face and absorbs quickly into skin. Paired with the Rimmel foundation and my skin looks super dewy.
Essie All-in-One 3-Way Glaze: These days, I rarely wear nail polish unless it’s nude or pink. For all the other days, I prefer a clear shiny top coat. I purchased this on a whim at the drugstore so I just hope this leaves my nails looking shiny and feeling strong.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation: For a drugstore foundation, I’m really impressed with this formula. I found it to actually be “breathable” and perfect for my usual no makeup makeup routine. I purchased the shade 100-Ivory and it felt like my own skin, but better. Will definitely be wearing this foundation going forward.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: As much as I love this mascara (this is my 3rdtube), it clumps up quite a bit after frequent use, and I constantly find myself wiping excess mascara before I apply. I’m trying to stick to that rule of replacing my mascara every 3 months so that’s why I scooped up another tube.
Rimmel Natural Bronzer: I’m always on the hunt for bronzing powders for my pale skin. I have a shimmery bronzer from a Rimmel Sculpting Palette that I love and figured this would also work for my skin tone. I got the shade, 021-Sun Light, which I think is the lightest shade in the range. When I applied this to contour my face, it didn’t look orange on my fair skin and gave my skin that much needed warmth to my complexion.
Have you tried these drugstore products? What’d you get during your drugstore makeup haul?
Glossier released its newest product—Lash Slick, an uber lengthening mascara. I knew I wanted to scoop this up as soon as it was released and it was an easy excuse to restock on some old favorites as well as try a couple of new ones.
Before I get to my Glossier Lash Slick review, here’s what I got during my May haul:
Boy Brow and Haloscope Duo: I use both of these almost daily and I was near empty on my tube of Haloscope (which actually lasted quite a long time, almost two years). I figured it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on Boy Brow since I usually replenish every 3 months or so.
Lidstar in Fawn: Up until this haul, I had every shade of Lidstar except Fawn. This shade looked eerily similar to my Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst but once I swatched it, I realized how vastly different it is. Fawn is described as a cool, smoky taupe with violet and gold pearls but on my lids it looks like a shimmery gray. I love it! Paired with Lily, I can create a creamy smoky eye look.
Glossier You Perfume Solid: I had tried samples of Glossier You in previous orders but I’m not quite ready to splurge on the bottle. I’m traveling three times over the next three weeks and I figured this would be the perfect product to travel with.
If you’re new to Glossier, I highly recommend you check out my rankings post so you can see just how much I love some of their products.
Now, on to Glossier Lash Slick.
I haven’t ventured to try a new tube of mascara in months—I’ve been devoted to L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. I wasn’t expecting any volume (and there wasn’t any), but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of lift this wand gave my lashes. I didn’t use an eyelash curler prior to taking the selfie in this post. The wand is a tapered brush that easily separates my lashes while coating them with a carbon black formula.
As someone who once had lash extensions, this is definitely a much cheaper and less time consuming shortcut. Without mascara, my lashes look thin, short and puny. Lash Slick solves for two of my three problems. While I wouldn’t say this tube transforms into a “dramatic” look, I can’t deny how beautifully natural my lashes look.
I also tried cocktailing this with my Too Faced drugstore dupe and this immensely helped with defining each and every lash prior to applying another tube to help thicken my lashes. This will definitely be my go-to mascara for those no-makeup “makeup” days.
Glossier Lash Slick is also water resistant, meaning, it’s not waterproof (not a fan of waterproof mascara anyways) but will stay in place whether it be watery eyes, sweat or tears. As a contact lens wearer, I often deal with watery eyes so this was extremely refreshing.
This palette was sent to me, along with a bevy of other palettes and products. Pixi collaborated with three beauty influencers and this Pixi lip palette caught my attention immediately.
What I love most about this palette is simple—I can see each and every color without having to individually open each one (compared to a tube of lipstick). Pulling out a lip brush might sound equally time consuming, but I swear, I usually spend more time finding the right products than actually applying them.
These are all creamy finishes, so you can use them for lips and cheeks, mix them for a custom color or even try the trendy ombre lip. The colors glide on smooth, not patchy, and each are pigmented but still buildable to get the desired look you want.
Fresa is a beautiful soft pink, perfect for every day wear, while Beso is an intense hot pink—a beautiful pop of color. Honestly, I don’t dislike any of these colors. This Pixi lip palette is perfect for my entire spring wardrobe.
Eye contour masks are my new “thing” and right now, these Peter Thomas Roth Eye Gels don’t disappoint. This is such a great part of my routine and lately, my under eyes have definitely needed an extra boost of moisture.
The patches are very easy to apply—it even comes with a mini scooper to help separate. I can easily do other things and not worry about the patches falling off while I wait for the product to soak in. It has a light cooling sensation, perfect for those with tired and puffy skin. I’ve been applying a pair once or twice a week right before I get ready for the day and it’s made a huge difference prior to applying concealer.
One container includes 60 eye patches (30 uses)—so each pair costs about $1.73 per wear. To get the most out of these patches, I recommend leaving these on much longer than the indicated instructions if you really want to “see” the intended effects.
You can shop these Peter Thomas Roth Eye Gels here.
It’s been a while since I’ve been obsessed with a summer beauty collection. Then, the Urban Decay Beached Collection showed up on my doorstep. The mix of matte and shimmery nudes, bronzes, and turquoise shades has me swooning. Inspired by Southern California, even the packaging is on point and is giving me major mermaid vibes.
The palette launched exclusively at Ulta.com last Friday. Urban Decay also released two 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, three sheer lipsticks, and two silky, matte bronzers that I’ll also review in this post.
First, let’s talk about this eyeshadow palette. I have several palettes in my makeup arsenal, but most of them are neutral matte shadows. This one is like no other palette I’ve owned before. Double Dip and Plunge look insanely gorgeous swatched and I’m just hoping—no praying—that I can pull off an eye look with these shades. Although it might not look like I swatched every shade on my arm, Salt, basically melted onto my skin. That just goes to show how pale I really am.
I haven’t been wearing eyeliner late but Urban Decay also released two 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil shades: Lucky, a metallic burnt orange (almost copper) shade and Goldmine, a sparkly yellow gold. Together, they look like a stunning sunset on the eyes but personally, I would only opt for Lucky (if I wore any eyeliner).
Now, on to the Beached Vice Lipsticks. Tower 1 is a glittery metallic peach (but it’s so sheer, you almost can’t see it). Heatwave is a light metallic rust and 100 Degrees is a coral pink with red undertones. I never wear lipstick in the summer but these sheer formulas have me changing my tune.
Finding a bronzer for my pale skin isn’t easy. Usually they look muddy or orange on my skin tone. Urban Decay has two matte bronzing powders in this collection: one shade is a light-medium (Sun-Kissed) and the other is a medium-dark (Bronzed). The lighter of the two was still a little too dark for my complexion but I’m hoping with a little faux tanner, this will look more natural on me come June or July.
Bottom line—I highly recommend the palette, especially if you’re in need of one for summer. 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lucky is worth the $20 and if you are in the mood to splurge, Heatwave or 100 Degrees are my recommendations.
Will you be adding anything from the Urban Decay Beached Collection to your next Ulta haul?
I thought I was going to deplete my bank account when I initially put together my wish list for the Sephora sale, but between shopping the new Gal Meets Glam collection and Marc Fisher blush espadrilles, I decided to scale back. Here’s what I got from my mini Sephora haul…
Milk Makeup Cooling Water: I’ve always been curious to try this brand. The cooling stick really feels like an actual cooling stick. Not freezing like an ice cube, but enough to help de-puff in the morning and overall refresh my face.
Milk Makeup Blur Stick: This product surprised me the most. It’s a colorless universal primer but at first glance, it looks like a bronzer. This primer reduced any redness I had and made my pore sizes at least 2x smaller in about 45 seconds after applying. I was impressed!
St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt: I think I mentioned this in my pre-sale wish list. I lost my original mitt sometime last year and desperately needed it for summer. Will do a post as it gets closer to summer on my favorite faux tanning products, because a tan applicator mitt is a must-have.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint SPF 25: I bought this on a whim, after reading a review on The Beauty Look Book (although, she said she “liked it but didn’t love it.” I love anything with a dewy finish and this does not disappoint. This definitely has more coverage than the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, plus it has SPF. I was originally going to buy a popular matte foundation but I realized I’m not a foundation girl. I’m going to opt for sheer coverage until I can’t wear it anymore.
No regrets here! Let me know what you purchased in your Sephora haul.